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GBU Mountain News

GBU Mountain News

December 20, 2013 XXXIX

independent - unbiased – professional
December 20, 2013 XXXIX

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays
& Wonderful New Year 2014

Many thanks to those that are on duty 24/7 and 365 days a year (including Christmas & New Year) to protect, to
respond, to provide supplies and services, from the Sheriff's Office, CHP, Fire Departments, EMS Services,
Hospitals; Pharmacies; Local Water, Power & Utilities; Towing Companies, Gas Stations, Retail Stores & Markets,
Hotels & Restaurants; Veterinarians; Government Agencies such as CalTrans; Airport & Airlines: etc. etc.


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Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays & A Wonderful
New Year
GBU Mountain News – Clarification
What To Do Today
News from the El Tejon Unified School District
Frazier Mountain High School
o Sports
El Tejon School
o Badger Pep Rally
Frazier Park School
o Students learn to play Soprano Instruments
o Photographer’s Fan Club
All Things Local
o Sandwich Shop closed for Good
o Frazier Park Grocery Market will change Owners
o Arnie’s Auto Repair & Tire Shop closed
o Laundromat reduced Operating Hours
o Los Padres Announces Road Closures on Ojai
Ranger District by Andrew Madsen
o People
o Lebec County Water Board Vacancy Notice
Law Enforcement Corner
o Kern County Sheriff’s Office
o Incidents Dec 9 – 15
o Safe Holiday Shopping by Ray Pruitt, KCSO
o Nine Ways to Protect Your Home from
Christmas Burglars by Sergeant Mark Brown
o Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department
o California Highway Patrol
o ‘Tis the Season for Traffic Safety - The
California Highway Patrol prepares for its
annual holiday enforcement effort by
Aadrian Garcia
o Former Substitute Teacher arrested and
charged with DUI
Animals Matter
Our Library
o Calendar
Incidents & Accidents in our Region
Arts – Music – Theatre
Business Affairs




Changes to California Law will affect Employers
and Employees in 2014
o Free Games at Computers & Games
Kern County
o Board of Supervisors Meetings
Frazier Park Weather Forecast
Upcoming Events
Safety & Disaster Preparedness
o Earthquake Preparedness
o Why Drop, Cover, and Hold On?
o Liberal policies come at the expense of our
children by CA Assemblywoman Shannon
Business Directory

Topics in the upcoming Issues:

Gorman School All-American Christmas
Barking Dogs - A True Nuisance?
Saving Lives - Does Anybody Care?
False Advertisement – What can you do?




Due to some tales that float throughout the
community, allow me to clarify:
The GBU Mountain News is an independent
electronic newsmedia published by Gunnar J
Kuepper. This electronic paper is in no way
associated or affiliated with any other local paper,
neither the MountainEnterprise nor the
Bakersfield Californian.
Gunnar J Kuepper


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At 7pm come to the Work of HeArt
Gallery in Frazier Park and enjoy
music with Linnea Soledad, Jim
Hanson, & Sarah-Jane Owen
Before 5 pm choose some Christmas
sweets out of a variety of 150 or more
at the Sweet Galley in Frazier Park
Buy some nice T-Shirts for only $2
each, or long sleeve T-Shirts for only
$4,50 in a variety of colors and sizes at
the TShirtMan Store in Frazier Park

The Lebec County Water District
announced that the Special Meeting of the
Board of Directors scheduled for friday,
Dec 20, 2013 at 7pm has been

What To Do Today:

If you live in Lebec, and would like to
serve on the Lebec County Water
Board turn in your letter of intent at
their office at 2037 Lebec Road (today
is the last day)
From 3:30 – 5:00 pm come to the
Frazier Park Library: “we are having
a “Family Fables & Folklore by the
Fireplace” seasonal event which
includes hot cocoa and cookies! Local
actors will be telling stories and acting
them out in plays. Please come in for
some community storytelling fun!”

News from our El
Tejon Unified School
The August 22, 2013 School Board meeting can be viewed at
The September 12, 2013 School Board meeting can be viewed at
The September 26, 2013 School Board meeting can be viewed at
The October 9, 2013 School Board meeting can be viewed at
The October 23, 2013 School Board meeting can be viewed at
The December 12, 2013 School Board meeting can be viewed at
Photos from thev 2013 FMHS Homecoming can be seen on Facebook at


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Frazier Mountain High
School (FMHS)

El Tejon Middle School
Badger Pep Rally
On Dec 18, 2013 the El Tejon School held its first
Badger Pep Rally. Principal Rosalie Jimenez greeted the
enthusiastic crowd of more than 200 teens and started the
hour of entertainment and games with a “no-bullying”
pledge. The purpose of that gathering was to encourage
school spirit by supporting classmates in a variety of
games. As to be expected the pep rally was at times very
loud and cheerful.
Each game (sleeping bag relay, people wrapping race,
teacher snowflake contest, Santa’s Beard) included
contestants from every grade (5 to 8) or even teachers,
which were enthusiastically supported by the audiences.
The Boys & Girls Basketball Teams were introduced to a
applauding crowd.
An amazing job was done by the ASB Student President
Michael Stegeman, who functioned as the MC (Master of
Ceremonies). He managed in a perfect way to keep the
agenda flowing smoothly, to keep the crowd amused, and
to select the volunteers for the games from each class.
Michael was supported by Raegan Thompson and
Jaqueline Kelly as well as other members of the ASB
Team. They basically run the entire event, from logistics,
to cleaning up afterwards. Since the students did such a
remarkable job in enjoying, participating, and managing
the pep rally the teachers and staff spend their time
sitting on a bench and having fun as well.

Christmas Paper Wrapping Race

Sleeping Bag Race

Pie Eating Contest with staff (left) cheering on and ASB student
leaders Michael Stegeman & Regan Thompson looking on

Principal Rosalie Jimenez with ASB Student President
Michael Stegeman

Teacher Snowflake Contest


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All Things Local

Frazier Park School
Students learn to play Soprano Instrument
Info & Photo provided by Monika Darling

Erica Zuniga, Charlize Clark, and Valerie Martinez

Toys for Tots & Winter Coat Distribution in
Frazier Park
On Wednesday (Dec 18) the Toys for Tots & a Winter
Coat distribution to those in need took place at the
Frazier Park School.
Bags with donated toys for more than local children were
given out by Jessica Zuniga, Amy Crippen, and Sherilyn
Stitt from the Frazier Park Familiy Resource Center. The
on-duty crews from Kern County Fire Station 56 (Lebec)
and 57 (Frazier Park) were also on-hand and assisted
with handing out and carrying the bags. Together with
two volunteers from the Toys for Tots organization they
made sure that those childron from qualifying low
incoming families received gifts for Christmas.
The Toys for Tots is a program run by the US Marine
Corps Reserve founded in 1947 by reservist Major Bill
Hendricks in Los Angeles. In 1995, the Secretary of
Defense approved Toys for Tots as an official mission of
the Marine Corps Reserve.As of 2013, the Toys for Tots
Program and Foundation have collected and distributed
more than 469 million toys.

Students in Monika Darling’s class recently learned to
play the soprano and alto recorder, with the songs "Jingle
Bells","Jolly Old Saint Nicholas","Up on the Housetop."

Photographer’s Fan Club

The Toys for Tots & Winter Coat Drive Distribution Team
at Frazier Park School

Here is the Photographer’s liitle Fan Club at Frazier Park
School. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you all!

At the same time and location Frazier Park Insurance
Agent Mitch Wood and Pam MacCain from Pine
Mountain Club handed to those in need the large amount
of Winter Clothing (coats, hats, gloves, sweaters) they
had collected in recent weeks.


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Sweet Galley
3604 Arroyo Trail in Frazier Park
(across from the Gas Station)
Open Mo-Sa 11am - 5:30pm
150 different candies & chocolates
in all shapes and colors

All Things Local
Sandwich Shop closed for Good
The Sub Shack located at 629 San Gabriel Trail in
Frazier Park (next to Computer & Games) has closed its

Frazier Park Grocery Market will change
GBU Mountain News has learned that the ownership of
the Frazier Park Grocery Market will change on January
1, 2014. A group of local merchants will take over the

Arnie’s Auto Repair & Tire Shop in
Lebec has closed
Arnie’s Auto Repair & Tire Shop in Lebec has closed its
doors for good.

Laundromat reduced Operating Hours
The Laundromat in Frazier Park has changed its opening
times. Instead of being open 24 hours the store is now

opened from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week. It may very
well be that this reduction of hours is related to a most
recent burglary attempt vandalism at the Laundromat.
Crime can affect the entire community. You see
something suspicious, call the Sheriff’s department, you
hear something, inform the local Sheriff. Don’t protect
the people that hurt all of us!

Southern California Utilities Call for
Energy Conservation as Winter Cold Puts
Heavy Load on Natural Gas Supply
by Southern California Edison (SCE), and Southern
California Gas Co. (SoCalGas)
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 9, 2013 – Continuing record cold
weather across the United States is placing a heavy strain
on short-term natural gas supplies and California utility
companies — Los Angeles Department of Water and
Power (LADWP), San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E),
Southern California Edison (SCE), and Southern
California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) — are asking customers
to conserve energy, particularly natural gas.


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While there currently is not an imminent threat of
disruption of natural gas service to residential and small
commercial customers, the utilities are urging all
customers to take precautionary conservation measures
throughout this week. Conserving electricity is also urged
because many local power plants are fueled by natural
gas and less electricity used lessens demand on the gas
In addition to a statewide message, the utilities may be
issuing targeted customer notifications to address
localized impact to their respective customers. The
following steps can help ensure natural gas supplies are
sufficient to meet demand created by the severe winter.
o Lower your thermostat by three to five degrees
(health permitting).
o Limit use of non-essential electric and gas
appliances, fireplaces and spas.
o Reduce your water heating usage: use less hot water,
turn down the water heater thermostat or insulate
your water heater.
o Use LED holiday lights, which last longer and use
about 70% less energy than incandescent light strings
both indoors and outside. Install a timer and set your
holiday lights to automatically turn on and off at
specific times.
Customers are reminded to follow these important safety
tips when heating their homes to reduce the risk of
carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Symptoms of CO
poisoning can include unexplained nausea, headaches,
drowsiness, mental confusion and flu-like symptoms.
o Never use your oven, range or outdoor grill to heat
your home because these appliances are not designed
for this purpose and can emit dangerous carbon
o Install a CO detector or change the batteries in your
CO detectors. Symptoms of CO poisoning can
include unexplained nausea, headaches, drowsiness,
mental confusion and flu-like symptoms If you
suspect that you or a loved one is suffering from CO
poisoning, call 911 immediately.
For additional conservation tips and information,
customers are encouraged to visit the web sites of their
respective utility service provider:;; or
About Southern California Gas Co: Southern California
Gas Co. has been delivering clean, safe and reliable
natural gas to its customers for more than 140 years. It is
the nation’s largest natural gas distribution utility,
providing service to 20.9 million consumers connected
through nearly 5.8 million meters in more than 500

communities. The company’s service territory
encompasses approximately 20,000 square miles
throughout central and Southern California, from Visalia
to the Mexican border. Southern California Gas Co. is a
regulated subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE).

Road Closures on Mt. Pinos Ranger District
By Andrew Madsen, Los Padres National Forest
GOLETA, Calif., December 19, 2013 – Los Padres
National Forest officials announced seasonal winter road
closures on the Mt. Pinos Ranger District due to
inclement weather and the potential for snow and rain.
The following roads, campgrounds and OHV trails were
closed on December 6, 2013:
Roads: Alamo Mountain Road, Frazier Mountain Road to
Frazier Mountain, Mt. Abel (Cerro Noroeste), Grade
Valley Road, Scott Russel Road, West Tecuya Road,
Lockwood Creek Road, San Emigdio Mountain, Apache
Saddle Road, Edison Road;
Campgrounds: Caballo, Campo Alto, Cedar Creek,
Cherry Creek, Chucupate, Cottonwood, Halfmoon,
Dutchman, Fishbowls, Plieto Creek, Salt Creek, Sunset,
Thorn Meadows, McGill (Concession), Mt Pinos
(Concession), Little Mutau, Pine Springs
OHV Trails: #114 West Tecuya Trail, #115 Tecuya
Timber Sale Route, #116 Coldsprings Trail, #117 East
Tecuya Trail, #119 West Frazier Tie Road, #125
Cottonwood Trail, #126 Yellowjacket Trail, #127
Lockwood Creek Trail, #132 Halfmoon Trail, #111
Pleito Creek, #112 Salt Creek Trail, #113 Cherry Creek
Trail, #120 East Frazier, #122 Tejon, #123 Long Dave,
#124 Gold Hill, #131 Whata, #121 Arrastra, #130 Snowy
Trail, #107 San Emigdio OHV, #108 San Emigdio
Mountain Route, #118 West Frazier Mine Road, #128
Piru Creek Trail, #129 Miller Jeep Trail


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Members of the public are reminded that they should
always call ahead to the district office for the latest
conditions and consult the National Weather Service for
current weather forecasts. For more information, call the
Mt. Pinos District Office at (661) 245-3731.

Road Closures on Ojai Ranger District
By Andrew Madsen, Los Padres National Forest
On December 6, 2013 Los Padres National Forest
officials announced three roads on the Ojai Ranger
District will close for the season December 10.
The Nordhoff and Hines Peak Roads (Forest Road
5N08), the Reyes Peak Road (6N06.2), and the Cherry
Creek Road (6N01.1) traditionally close Dec. 16 as
stipulated by the Motor Vehicle Use Map. Due to
anticipated rain and possible snow showers, these roads
are closing a week early. These closures will restrict
access to Nordhoff Ridge and Pine Mountain Ridge, as
well as campgrounds and numerous trailheads.
Members of the public are reminded that they should
always call ahead to the district office for the latest
conditions and consult the National Weather Service for
current weather forecasts.
For more information, call the Ojai District Office at
(805) 646-4348.


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Law Enforcement Corner
Kern County Sheriff’s
Sergeant Mark Brown from the Kern County Sheriff’s
Substation in Frazier Park released the following
information about law enforcement related incidents and
activities between Dec 9 and 15: *
1) On December 9, 2013, at about 1:50 PM, a deputy
contacted Douglas Ornellas** on Catalina Trail,
north of Mt. Pinos Way, in Frazier Park. Ornellas
was arrested on a warrant issued for domestic
2) On December 9, 2013, at about 9:50 PM, a deputy
was dispatched to a home on the 16700 block of
Caribou Drive in PMC to investigate a suspicious
circumstance. An unknown person walked around
the home, looked into a widow, and possibly turned a
door knob to see if it was locked or not, which it was.
The deputy searched the area and located shoe tracks
near the front and back doors.
3) On December 12, 2013, at about 8:20 AM, deputies
were dispatched to a home on the 4200 block of
Poplar Trail in Frazier Park to investigate domestic
violence. EG was arrested for suspicion of
kidnapping and spousal abuse.
4) On December 12, 2013, at about 3:30 PM, a deputy
was dispatched to a business on the 9000 block of
Grapevine West Road to investigate a nude man
walking across a parking lot. The man left before the
deputy arrived.
5) On December 13, 2013, at about 2:45 PM, deputies
were dispatched to a home on the 3800 block of
Parkview Trail in Frazier Park to investigate a
battery. A Los Angeles County resident, SH,
assaulted a man, causing serious non-life threatening
injuries to his face, and fled prior to the deputies’
arrival. The victim was transported to a Bakersfield
hospital via ambulance. A criminal complaint
requesting a felony battery charge against H was
filed with the District Attorney’s Office.
6) On December 14, 2013, at about 2:45 PM, a deputy
contacted Canaan Sloat*** at a home on the 700
block of Circle Drive in Lebec. Sloat was arrested on
a Riverside County warrant that was issued for a
probation violation.

7) On December 15, 2013, at about 2:05 AM, a deputy
was dispatched to a home on the 3800 block of
Laurel Avenue in Frazier Park to investigate
domestic violence. The suspect, JD, fled prior to the
deputy’s arrival. The deputy issued a Probable Cause
to Arrest Declaration and D turned himself in at the
Frazier Park Substation on December 17, 2013, at
about 10:00 AM. D was arrested for spousal abuse.
Anyone having information about any of the above
incidents is asked to contact the Kern County Sheriff’s
Office at (661) 861-3110, contact Secret Witness at (661)
322-4040 or send an anonymous text to TIP411
(847411). Type the key word, “KCSO,” prior to the
* You will notice that the names of arrestees and suspects are not always
published here. The presumption of innocence means that one is to be
considered innocent until proven guilty in a fair and open court of law.
Individuals that have been arrested, but not convicted and that do not
pose a risk for others should not be subject to public humiliation.

Change of GBU Mountain News Policy:
I decided to change my policy: If you are arrested and
you have no criminal record, your name will not be
released by the GBU Mountain News. However, if you
have been arrested and convicted before, and you have a
considerable criminal record, your full name AND your
criminal record will be published. If you are a repeated
offender I consider you a threat to our Youth and risk for
the community.
**Douglas Ornellas, born 1962, is not really a model
citizen: He has at least 12 criminal cases at the Kern
County Superior Court alone. This includes inflicting
injury on a spouse and possessing of controlled
substance/paraphernalia in 2013, possession of controlled
substance for sale and obstructing/resisting an executive
officer in 2002, and the list goes on.

Safe Holiday Shopping
By Ray Pruitt, Kern County Sheriff’s Office
The holiday shopping season is here, and along with the
excitement and anticipation of spending time with family
and friends comes an increase in crime, including an
increase in thefts. Whether shopping in stores or online,
citizens need to take extra precaution during the holidays
to minimize their risk of becoming victimized. The Kern
County Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit would
like to provide retail shoppers and merchants with tips on
ways to safeguard themselves and their purchases during
this holiday season.

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Personal Safety While Shopping:
 Shop during daylight hours if possible, avoid late
night shopping
 Carry your money and credit cards in a front pocket
instead of wallet or purse
 If you are carrying a purse, keep it close to your body
and never leave it unattended
 Be wary of strangers who engage you in
 Use the buddy system, shop with a friend
 Ask a store employee or security officer to escort you
to your car if you are alone
 Avoid carrying large sums of cash, use credit cards
or checks when possible
 Teach your children to seek out a store employee or
security officer if they become separated from you
 Make sure your children known your name, phone
number, and address and teach them to never talk to
a stranger or go anywhere with a stranger
Vehicle Safety
 Be extra cautious when walking or driving in parking
 Always hold on to children tightly when walking in a
parking lot
 Always park in a well- lit area
 Walk directly to your vehicle and have your keys out
before you reach the vehicle
 Do not leave packages or valuables in plain view
 Always double check to make sure your doors are
 After entering your car, lock the doors immediately,
do not sit in your car, leave as quickly as possible
Package Delivery Options to Prevent Theft
 Use in-store pickup options when possible
 Request a signature required delivery
 Ask neighbors who are home during the day to pick
up boxes from your home if you aren’t home
 Consider getting a PO Box
 If you live in an apartment ask the manager if
deliveries can be dropped off at the office
 If possible have packages delivered to your place of
 Request tracking numbers from merchants so you
can check the status of your package
 Talk to your neighbors about starting a
Neighborhood Watch program, it’s a great way to
learn to work together to reduce crime in your

Please contact the Kern County Sheriff’s Office Crime
Prevention Unit at 661-391-7559 or by email at with any questions or
for more information about preventing crime during the
holiday season.

Nine Ways to Protect Your Home from
Christmas Burglars
By Sergeant Mark Brown, Kern County Sheriff’s Office
According to the US Department of Justice, American
homes are burglarized about every 15 seconds, with the
typical homeowner suffering a loss of nearly $2,000.00.
Here are nine relatively inexpensive ways to make your
home less appealing to burglars.
1. Trim back overgrown vegetation so that your home’s
windows, porches and doors are visible to neighbor
and passerbys. Don’t give intruders a place to hide.
2. Use window treatments (shades, curtains, etc.) to
keep tempting Christmas items out of view.
“Window shopping” is one way criminals choose
potential targets.
3. “Look what we got for Christmas!” is not the
message to send to burglars. Don’t leave packing
boxes from your new electronics at the curb for all to
4. Installing motion-sensing lights in dark areas will
help to startle and scare off intruders.
5. Use timers to turn on and off lights and radios to
make it appear that people are at home.
6. Even if your neighborhood feels safe, make locking
up a habit. Burglars often test a home by knocking on
a door and, if no one answers, opening it. Keep every
exterior door and window locked, including the door
between the garage and house.
7. If possible, make sure all entry doors are solid core
or 16 gauge steel and have non-removable hinge
8. Install a quality, heavy-duty double cylinder deadbolt
lock (the kind that needs a key to lock/unlock from
both the inside and outside of the house) in addition
to the normal locking doorknob on all external doors.
This way, if someone breaks in through a window,
they won’t be able to get your big screen TV,
refrigerator, etc. out through the door!
9. Many doors fail when they are kicked because the
doorjamb splits near the lock’s strike plate. Replace
your flimsy strike plate with a high security box
strike for around $10.00.

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Los Angeles County Sheriff
California Highway Patrol
Former Substitute Teacher arrested and
charged with DUI
A substitute teacher formerly employed by the El Tejon
Unified School District (ETUSD), in previous years seen
substituting a the Frazier Park Elementary School was
recently arrested and charged with Driving Under the
Influence (DUI), Obstructing & Resisting, as well as
Battery on a Peace Officer.
On October 25, 2013 the woman had crashed a vehicle
on Chimney Canyon Road in Lebec. She was
subsequently arrested by CHP Officers and arraigned at
the Arvin/Lamont Branch of the Kern County Superior
Court. Jury Trial is set for January 9, 2014 at 9:00am.
ETUSD officials stated that they would not feel
comfortable re-hiring any individual for a (substitute)
teaching position that has recently convicted for DUI.
The School District and the Keri St Jeor, the principal of
the Frazier Park (elementary) School emphasized that the
accused has not been working at the school this year.

‘Tis the Season for Traffic Safety - The
California Highway Patrol prepares for
its annual holiday enforcement effort
Info provided by Aadrian Garcia, CHP Fort Tejon

The two-day holiday enforcement effort is designed to
help ensure the safety of the motoring public during a
time when celebrations are in full swing.
The MEP begins at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24,
and continues through 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday,
December 25. The effort coincides with the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s ongoing Drive
Sober or Get Pulled Over anti-driving under the influence
(DUI) campaign, which began on December 13, 2013,
and continues through January 1, 2014.
In addition to assisting motorists, CHP officers are on
heightened alert for unsafe drivers who speed, or fail to
buckle-up themselves or their passengers, and impaired
“Christmas is a time for family and friends to get
together, and we want to make sure everyone arrives
safely at their destinations,” said CHP Commissioner Joe
Farrow. “Drivers are reminded to make wise decisions
ahead of time for their own safety and the safety of
others sharing the roadways with them.”
During last year’s Christmas MEP, which was 4 ¼ days
in length, 39 people were killed in collisions in
Among those who died within CHP
jurisdiction, more than half were not wearing a seat belt.
In addition, CHP officers made more than 1,170 DUI
arrests throughout the 102-hour traffic safety effort.
The public is encouraged to call 9-1-1 if they suspect
another driver of being under the influence. “We plan on
spending the holiday keeping Californians safe on our
roadways,” added Commissioner Farrow. “In return, we
hope the motoring public will do their part by
designating a non-drinking driver, wearing a seat belt,
and driving at a safe, legal speed.”

A CHP Unit watching northbound traffic on the I-5

As Californians ready for their holiday travels, the
California Highway Patrol (CHP) is set to begin its
annual Christmas Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP).

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An electronic Newspaper is a self-contained, reusable,
and refreshable version of a traditional newspaper that
acquires and holds information electronically. (The
electronic newspaper should not be confused with
newspapers that offer an online version at a Web site.)

What is the difference between a Newsletter
and a Newspaper?
A newspaper publishes stories and information for and
about a city/region/state/country and covers a variety of
topics, events, and developments.
A Newsletter is published by a specific organization
(school, club, business) and informs mainly about the
organization's activities.

Animals Matter

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Our Library (bibliotekë)




11:30 am Family Storytime with
Christine Kearns-Brown
3:30 pm Chess Everyone is welcome.
Chess Coach, Bill Hopper available to
teach beginners.
11:30 am Personal Computer Coach.
Call to make an appointment: 661-2451267
Jan 2 at 3:30 pm Crochet by Christine
Jan 9 at 3:30 pm Tail Waggin’ Tutor by
Donna Marie Kuehn & Ginger Snap.
Call to make an appointment: 661-2451267
Jan 10 at 3:30 pm Foreign Intrigue
Book Discussion-Bangkok 8 by John
Burdett-Everyone is invited to eat a
cookie and solve whodunit!
9-9:30 am Free Beginning Piano by
Karen Anthony. Call to sign up 661245-1267
10-2:00 pm Quilt & Chat: Everyone is
3:30 -5:00 pm Reading of the Classics
by local actors and community; all are

Incidents & Accidents
On Thursday (Dec 20) at 12:17am crews from the
California Highway Patrol (CHP), Kern County Fire
Station 58, Hall Ambulance and Los Padres National
Forest rushed to reports of an overturned vehicle on Mil
Potrero Highway, about a mile west of the Y. A
contractor from Arvin en-route to a job in Pine Mountain
Club experienced sudden ice on the road and lost control.
The truck went into a ditch, overturned, and came to rest
next to a tree. Fortunately the driver suffered only very
minor injuries that did not require any hospitalization.
While streets in Frazier Park and Cuddy Valley are free
of ice, Mil Potrero Highway is very slick and icy at some
locations, particularly in the “shady” areas.

The library will be closed December 31 & January 1.

Art - Music - Theater

New Library Hours!!
Monday – closed
Tuesday 11am – 7pm
Wednesday 11am – 7pm
Thursday 11am – 7pm
Friday 9am – 5pm
Saturday 9am – 5pm
Sunday – closed

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Business Affairs
Changes to California Law will affect Employers
and Employees in 2014
The following laws affecting employers and employees
in California will take effect in 2014:
AB 10 - Minimum Wage Increase
The California minimum wage will be increased in two
one-dollar increments.
Effective July 1, 2014, the minimum wage will increase
from the current $8.00 per hour rate to $9.00 per hour.
The rate will increase to $10.00 per hour on January 1,
SB 666 - Prohibited Retaliation Based on
Immigration/Citizenship Status
Employers are prohibited form preventing, or retaliating
against, an employee based on the employee’s citizenship
or immigration status if that individual:
o Provides information to, or testifies before, any
public body conducting a hearing, investigation, or
inquiry, or
o Has engaged in protected conduct (including a
written or oral complaint that the employee is owed
unpaid wages).
Any violation by the employer could be fined up to
AB 241 - Domestic Worker Bill of Rights- AB 241
Until January 1, 2017, the Domestic Worker Bill of
rights will regulate the hours of certain domestic work
employees and provide an overtime compensation rate of
1.5 times the regular rate of pay to those employees who
work more than 9 hours in a work day or 45 hours in any
work week. The bill defines “domestic work employee”
and its specific exclusions.
AB 442 - Liquidated Damages Liability for Unpaid
Employers that fail to pay minimum wages become
subjects to not only to criminal and civil penalties, and
the payment of restitution to employees, but ABB 442
adds liquidated damages.
AB 465 - Criminal Background Checks for Youth Sports
Employers or Human Resource Agencies of Community
youth athletic programs may now request state and
federal level criminal history information from the
Department of Justice when selecting a volunteer coach
or hired coach.
In order to comply with the new laws, employers are
required to update their minimum wage posters and to
ensure that the changes have been made by their payroll
department and/or vendor.

Existing contracts with employees and independent
contractors should be reviewed before the end of the
year, as should the Employee Handbook.

Kern County
Board of Supervisors Meetings
The Kern County Board of Supervisors meets every
Tuesday (i.e., Nov 5, 12, 19, and 26) at 9:00 am and 2:00
pm in the County Administrative Building at 1115
Truxtun Ave. in Bakersfield.
At each meeting Members of the Public can address the
Board on any matter even if it is not on this agenda but
under the jurisdiction of the Board. Board members may
respond briefly to statements made or questions posed by
the public. They may ask a question for clarification,
make a referral to staff for factual information or request
staff to report back to the Board at a later meeting. Also,
the Board may take action to direct the staff to place a
matter of business on a future agenda. Speakers are
limited to two minutes and asked to state and spell their
names (for the record) before making a presentation.
If you are interested to receive the agenda(s) for
upcoming or the minutes for previous Board meetings,

Free Games at Computers & Games, located at 633
San Gabriel Trail in Frazier Park (across the parking
lot from the La Sierra Restaurant)
Everyone is welcome to play
 Sunday:
Dungeons and Dragons (3pm-8pm)
 Monday: Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay
 Tuesday: Outbreak:Undead Roleplay (5pm-9pm)
 Wednesday: Free Paint Day (5pm-9pm)
 Thursday: Star Wars and Star Trek Miniatures
 Friday:
Magic the Gathering (6pm-9pm)
 Saturday: Warhammer Fantasy and Warhammer
40k Play Day (11am-9pm)

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Gas Prices in our Region
As of Wednesday, December 11:
cash price for regular (many gas stations charge a higher
price for credit cards!)
USA Average: 3.251
California Average: 3.541
Bakersfield Average: 0.000
0.00 9/10 Fastrip, Lamont 10301 Main
St & Gail Marie Dr
0.00 9/10 Chevron I-5 at Laval Road
3.85 9/10 Mobil I-5 at Laval Road
4.26 9/10 Valero at I-5, Grapevine
4.29 9/10 Shell at I-5, Grapevine Road
3.79 9/10 Chevron, Gorman
3.82 9/10 Shell, Gorman
0.00 9/10 76, Lebec
3.59 9/10 Shell, Lebec
3.65 9/10 Chevron, Lebec
3.59 9/10 Flying J
0.00 9/10 Midway Gas, Lake of the Woods
3.58 9/10 Don's Liquor, Frazier Park

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Distances from Frazier Park
14 miles
Laval Road/I-5
18 miles
32 miles
Santa Clarita, Shopping Centr
41 miles
Bakersfield, Panama Lane
41 miles
Bakersfield, Truxtun Avenue
46 miles
54 miles
Los Angeles, Downtown
75 miles
78 miles
Santa Maria
120 miles
Las Vegas, NV
298 miles
Sacramento, CA
320 miles
Washington, D.C.
2,700 miles

GBU Mountain News is an electronic newspaper
that currently reaches out to 2,865 residents,
businesses, and organizations throughout the
Mountain Communities as well as public and
elected officials in the Kern-Los Angeles-Ventura
Counties area. The GBU Mountain News is
published and distributed twice to four times a
Publisher & Editor: Gunnar J Kuepper
Tel.: 661-402-2717 (always dial area code)
The electronic format allows the readership to be
always informed in a timely fashion.

If you are interested in receiving GBU
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S2 – Rancho Fire from July 22, 2013:
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Frazier Park Weather Forecast:
Wednesday, Dec 18:
high 68°F
Thursday, Dec 19:
high 46°F
to do
Friday, Dec
20: – Where
high 55°F
Saturday, Dec 21:
high 59°F
Sunday, Dec 22:
high 63°F
Monday, Dec 23:
high 64°F
Tuesday, Dec 24:
high 66°F

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low 36°F
low 30°F
low 36°F
low 39°F
low 46°F
low 43°F
low 43°F

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Important Phone Numbers
Sheriff or CHP
Frazier Park Sheriff Station
Frazier Park Public Utility/Water District
Lebec County Water District
Southern California Edison
Southern California Gas
Pacific Gas & Electric (PGE)
El Tejon Unified School District 661-248-6247
Frazier Mountain High School
Frazier Park Library
Pine Mountain Club Patrol
Supervisor David Couch
Fire Station 56 (Lebec)
Fire Station 57 (Frazier Park)
The Photographer (fires, accidents, weddings, & all other disasters)

Safety & Disaster Preparedness
Earthquake Preparedness
Why Drop, Cover, and Hold On?
Why is it important to do a Drop, Cover, and Hold On
drill? To react quickly you must practice often. You may
only have seconds to protect yourself in an earthquake,

before strong shaking knocks you down--or drops
something on you. Practicing helps you be ready to
If you are inside a building, move no more than a few
steps, then Drop, Cover and Hold On:
 DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops
 Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or
table, and
 HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops.
Stay indoors till the shaking stops and you are sure it is
safe to exit. In most buildings you are safer if you stay
where you are until the shaking stops.
If you are outdoors when the shaking starts, you should
find a clear spot away from buildings, trees, streetlights,
and power lines, then Drop, Cover and Hold On. Stay
there until the shaking stops.

If you are driving, pull over to a clear location, stop and
stay there with your seatbelt fastened until the shaking
stops. Once the shaking stops, proceed with caution and
avoid bridges or ramps that might have been damaged.
Ground shaking during an earthquake is seldom the cause
of injury. Most earthquake-related injuries and deaths are
caused by collapsing walls and roofs, flying glass and
falling objects. It is extremely important for a person to
move as little as possible to reach the place of safety he
or she has identified because most injuries occur when
people try to move more than a short distance during the
Look around you now, before an earthquake. Identify
safe places such as under a sturdy piece of furniture or
against an interior wall in your home, office or school so
that when the shaking starts you can respond quickly. An
immediate response to move to the safe place can save
lives. And that safe place should be within a few steps to
avoid injury from flying debris.

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Open Editorial (Op Ed)
An op-ed, abbreviated from opposite the editorial page, is a newspaper article that expresses the opinions of a named writer
who is usually unaffiliated with the newspaper's editorial board. These are different from editorials (which are usually
unsigned and written by editorial board members) and letters to the editor (which are submitted by readers of the

Liberal policies come at the expense of our
By Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, California
State Legislature
When the Democrats won control of a two-thirds “supermajority” of the state legislature last year, political
commentators immediately began predicting just how far
and fast they would push for their desired liberal policies.
One major consequence of these liberal values in action
that must not be overlooked is the adverse societal
impact upon our children.
Among their many legislative “accomplishments” this
past year, the majority party passed a bill to allow
children as young as kindergarten to choose the gender in
which they “identify.” That means that if a 14-year-old
boy says he is really a girl, then no parent or school
official can stop him from using the girls’ bathroom and
playing on the girls’ basketball team. As the bill was
debated, parents of all backgrounds that vocalized their
disapproval of this gross breach of privacy and propriety
were deemed bigoted and dismissed by the liberal
Also passed this year by the majority party were two bills
radically expanding abortion in California—one allowing
non-doctors, such as midwives and physician assistants,
to perform the surgery and another lowering the required
building standards for abortion facilities. Thanks to our
liberal legislature, a 14-year-old girl can now leave
school without the knowledge of her parents to get an
abortion by a non-doctor in a substandard facility. Is this
what we’re to call “progress?”
Meanwhile, the legislature still has not passed a law
addressing the horrific sexual abuse case at a Los
Angeles County elementary school from early 2012. It is
no secret that the California Teachers Association, with
the deepest pockets of all special interest groups in
Sacramento, has stopped the legislature from
implementing the most modest of reforms to streamline
the teacher dismissal process of even the very worst
teachers. Children are put in danger and their ability to
learn is compromised by a system that only benefits the
entrenched bureaucracy.

On top of all of this, we are only beginning to see the
effects of “realignment,” the 2011 policy which shifted
the responsibility of many convicted criminals from the
state to the counties. Many counties, without the space
and resources to handle this influx of inmates, have been
forced to release dangerous offenders back onto our
streets. Our children have been placed in danger all over
the state due to our government leader’s inability to
responsibly budget and properly handle our prison
Using the young and vulnerable to justify public policy
decisions is nothing new. “It’s for the children!” we so
often hear. It is not without irony then that far-left
politicians are having such a deeply negative influence
upon our next generation. California has become an
experiment of unchecked liberalism, and our children
truly are suffering the most.
Shannon Grove represents the 34th Assembly District,
encompassing the majority of Kern County including
Bakersfield, Ridgecrest, Tehachapi, Taft and Frazier
Park/Lebec. She was first elected to the California State
Assembly in November 2010 and was re-elected in
November 2012 by one of the largest margins of any
California legislator.
Shannon was born in Bakersfield and raised in Arvin,
California, where she graduated from Arvin High School.
Shortly after high school, Shannon joined the United
States Army serving with the Headquarters Company 5th
Corps in Frankfurt, Germany. In 1993, she and her sisterin-law formed Continental Labor and Staffing Resources
and today Shannon presides as Chief Executive Officer.
Her company currently operates five offices in California
(Bakersfield, Ridgecrest, Paso Robles, Fresno and
Shannon is a member of the Brimhall Road Assembly of
God. She resides in Bakersfield with her husband Rick,
Operations Manager for KS Fabrication and Machine in
Bakersfield. They are the parents of 5 grown children.

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 GBU Photography, Frazier Park, Tel 661-402-2717,

Business Directory
Automobile Dealer (Pre-Owned)
 Sky
Tel 661-245-2769,


Automobile Repair & Service
 DunnRight, 3811 Mount Pinos Way, Frazier Park,
Tel 661-245-3866
Candy Store
 Sweet Galley, 3604 Arroyo Trail, Frazier Park
 Isabel’s Clothing, next to the Sheriff’s Station,
Frazier Park

 The Gorman Real Estate Co., Ron & Karen Blevins,
Gorman, Tel 661-248-6196
 Carol Swanston, All Seasons Realty, Pine Mountain
Club, Tel 661-242-3752
 Greg & Monica Brackin, Alpine Village Realty,
16215 Pine Valley Ln, PMC, Tel 661-242-2685


Your T-shirt Man, Jerold Parker, Mt Pinos Way,
Frazier Park, Tel 661-245-2350

Computer Repairs
 Computer & Games, 633 San Gabriel Trail, Frazier
Park, Tel 661-242-1214

Travel Agent

Grocery Stores
 Trader Joe’s Bakersfield, 8200 Stockdale Highway,
Tel 661-837-8863
 Trader Joe’s Santa Clarita, 26517 Bouquet Canyon
Rd, Tel 661-263-3796

Toys & Games Store

Hair Salon
 Get a Haircut at Flying J, next to Denny’s, Lebec,
Tel 661-248-2888


 State Farm, Mitch Wood, 3015 Mt Pinos Way,
Frazier Park, Tel 661-245-3728

 Teri Pierce, Protravel Inc., Lake of the Woods,
Tel 661-245-4798
 Computer & Games, 633 San Gabriel Trail, Frazier
Park, Tel 661-242-1214
 Toys R Us / Babies R Us, 3972 Ming Avenue,
Bakersfield, Tel 661-832-8943
 Valencia Veterinary Center, open 24/7, 23928
Summerhill Lane, Santa Clarita, CA 91354
Tel 661-263-4770

Landscape Services
 Antioch
Tel 661-245-1147,
Pet Food & Supplies
 Petco Animal Supplies, 26501 Bouquet Canyon
Road, Saugus Tel 661-297-6936

Pet Services
 Blue Rose Pet Salon, 3429 Los Padres Drive, Frazier
Park, for appointments call 661-245-3635
 Walgreens Castaic, 27983 Sloan Canyon Road,
Tel 661-775-0840
 Rite Aid Castaic, 31910 Castaic Road,
Tel 661-295-0966


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